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Stakes removed from the closure area.

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ASA IS ON IT!

Fees collected at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) are authorized under the provisions of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) enacted in 2004. FLREA is due to “sunset” (terminate) in December of 2015. HR 5204, the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Modernization Act, proposes to extend the modified FLREA to the end of December, 2020. It is highly probable that HR 5204 will be attached to the federal appropriations bill that “must pass” in order to avoid a government shutdown.

As noted in the recent ASA DUNER ALERT, the provisions of HR 5204 as drafted could destroy the concept of public lands as places where everyone has access and is welcome.  Fees could be required everywhere of everyone for any activity. This would be an additional tax on top of the taxes that already support public lands for access: regardless of whether they are highly developed like National Parks, Forests, BLM campgrounds, or completely undeveloped like Wilderness Areas. The public’s involvement in setting the permit fees for the ISDRA will be eliminated if this bill passes.

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Requests that Court reverse the Judgment that Reopened the Dunes

On September 5, 2014 the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and Desert Survivors filed their Opening Brief in the appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

You may read the Opening Brief in its entirety (453 pages) here

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The best part is that thanks to the twelve calendar page sponsors, every dime received on calendar sales goes back toward Keeping Our Dunes Open!

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In addition to the ongoing lawsuit seeking to end open riding at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition on June 9th seeking the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard be listed as an endangered species. They claim that habitat loss, off-road vehicles and global warming are pushing the species towards extinction.

The petition specifically lists areas such as OWSVRA, Superstition Mountain Open Area, Plaster City Open Area and the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) as habitat areas that have had cumulative impacts due to off-road vehicle use. Furthermore, illegal ORV (Off Road Vehicle) use has been closely monitored. The petition contains several pictures of illegal route proliferation and requests ORV use be prohibited within some or all of the Management Areas. Some of the pictures that were included in the petition have been included below.

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CBD files opening brief to their appeal

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Appeal filed to overturn judge's ruling to reopen dunes

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